MFA DEGREE

The Queens College Studio Art MFA curriculum is a two-year program that requires a total of 54 credits distributed as follows: 30 studio credits over four semesters; 6 art history credits over two courses; 6 seminar credits over two courses, 6 elective credits over 2 courses; one 3 credit writing seminar and one 3 credit class on contemporary issues.

All students have the opportunity to complement their studies with courses by leading academic experts in related fields of study throughout the CUNY system, like urban studies, sociology, history, philosophy, economics, law, planning, and environmental studies.

SPQ students have taken courses in CUNY’s Graduate Center, the Brooklyn College Art Department, and City College.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines

For fall admission: March 15
For spring admission: November 15

Required Portfolio Documentation

All applicants to the Master of Fine Arts program must submit a webpage (URL) displaying 15 work samples with captions and project explanations as needed. If your work is primarily video, then submit one complete video (up to 30 minutes) along with up to 4 five-minute samplings of other video works.

Please also include on the website, copies of your resume, the names and titles of the three people writing your recommendations, and your personal essay. The personal essay statement should indicate you are applying to concentrate in Social Practice Art.

  • work samples (see details above)
  • inventory of work/explanation
  • current resume
  • personal statement indicating area of concentration
  • names and titles of your three professional references

Note: The portfolio URL must now be submitted with your Queens College Graduate Admissions application. In the application, there is a field to submit your URL. For more information, please see the instructions on the Graduate Admissions webpage.


Very Important Instructions:

Be sure to include the URL for your completed online portfolio and statement on the Queens College Graduate Admissions application form, and be sure to also send the URL to the QC Art Department in the “Comments” section of this form and list MFA Application as your topic.

Requirements for Matriculation

  • Undergraduate study should consist of at least 30 credits in art; students shall have taken the equivalent of a two-semester survey course plus two elective courses in the history of art.
  • Normally, each candidate for admission will be interviewed by a member of the committee. This requirement may be waived at the department’s option.

 ​These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​

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CONTACT & VISIT

SPQ Representatives

Jeff Kasper, Program Associate
socialpracticequeens@gmail.com

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Greg Sholette, Associate Professor
gsholettestudio@gmail.com

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Queens College – Art Department
Klapper Hall, Room 172
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367

CERTIFICATE IN CRITICAL SOCIAL PRACTICE

The Queens College Art Department and Social Practice Queens (SPQ) is proud to announce the launch of the new, 24 credit, Advanced Certificate in Critical Social Practice geared to post-graduate students. Emphasizing one-on-one mentoring geared to individual learning objectives, the program offers access to specialists in the field while offering seminars focused on project management, interdisciplinary studies, and the history of art as social action. The application deadline for Fall 2017 matriculation is March 25nd, 2017.

In continuity with the MFA concentration in Social Practice Art, all certificate students have the opportunity to complement their studies with courses by leading academic experts in related fields of study throughout the CUNY system.

Academic Requirements

These requirements are in addition to the

The Advanced Certificate Program in Critical Social Practice is 24 credits, including the following courses:

  1. ​Seminar on the theory and history of social and political art practices (3 cr.)
  2. Public Project Management A to Z: from boards to collectives (3 cr.)
  3. Queens New York: the local is the global workshop (3 cr.)
  4. Writing and public presentation seminar (3 cr.)
  5. 2 graduate level electives in classes related to your project (6 cr.)
  6. Completion of social practice project proposed with application (or developed to a stage agreed upon by advisors) (6 cr.)

Admissions Requirements​

Application Deadlines

For fall admission: April 20
For spring admission: November 15


Certificate Application Requirements:

Submit the following:

  • Current Resume or CV
  • 3 Letters of Reference
  • A portfolio or other form of documentation showing past work or works in progress
  • An essay describing a specific thesis and research project which you plan on pursuing at SPQ. Including: 2 – 3 page project description, timeline, intended academic outcomes, potential partners/communities engaged.
  • Standardized test scores not required.

Required Portfolio Documentation

All applicants to Certificate Programs must submit a webpage (URL) displaying 15 work samples with captions and project explanations as needed. If your work is primarily video, then submit one complete video (up to 30 minutes) along with up to 4 five-minute samplings of other video works.

Note: The portfolio URL must now be submitted with your Queens College Graduate Admissions application. In the application, there is a field to submit your URL. For more information, please see the instructions on the Graduate Admissions webpage.

Very Important Instructions:

Be sure to include the URL for your completed online portfolio and statement on the Queens College Graduate Admissions application form, and be sure to also send the URL to the QC Art Department in the “Comments” section of this form and list MFA Application as your topic.